Set in Nevada in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
"Blood On The Land"
A sheepherder and his men try to drive their sheep across the Ponderosa. Ben and Adam disagree about how to stop them. Ben wants the Cartwrights to handle their own matters, Adam wants to let the law handle the situation. After Adam is taken hostage, Ben starts to see things Adam's way.
September 20, 2012 Subject:
I don't know why (at the time of writing) this one only scores 3 out of 5 on the Internet Archive. It's certainty one of my favourite episodes, with a great bad guy.
February 25, 2012 Subject:
Blood on the Land (Bonanza)
Season 1, episode 22.
Original air date: 13 February 1960.
Cast: Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Eric `Hoss` Cartwright), Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright), Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Everett Sloane (Jeb Drummond), Ray Daley (Billy Drummond), Ken Lynch (Collier), Jerry Oddo (Wheeler), Glen Holtzman (Sam Tucker) and Tom Reese (Burton Drummond).
Copyright has expired and is now in the Public Domain,
The Ponderosa consists of 55,ooo acres.